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Felines are a common pet alternative, because they're very easy going and don't require too much care. On the other hand, not all pet cats are the same, and some can be more difficult to take care of than most. Normally, caring for a cat requires minimal or no potty training, but in some instances, your feline friend will show difficulties in figuring out where it should go.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

How Do Feline Friends Know To Use The Litter Box?

For a number of pet cats, learning to use the litter box is a simple and usual process. Believed to be a basic instinct dating back to their days as pets in ancient Egypt, a cat's ability to find and use litter for covering their body waste is considered similar to their ancient counterparts with sand.

What's The Reason Why My Pet Cat Refuses To Use The Litter Box?

As felines are a fussy species, knowing precisely why he or she isn't using a designated litter box may be discovered through a process of elimination. Start off with the clearest and work your way through the list below:

1. Is the litter box fresh? Pet cats usually cover their waste. If the litter is soaked, or is already filled, your pet cat would refuse to use it.

2. Do you own several cats? As pet cats usually use urine to determine territories, more than one cat in a home might cause confusion about the litter box.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

3. Where is your feline friend's litter box placed? Ensure that your pet cat's litter box is placed in a location where he or she can easily access it, have lots of privacy, and isn't near areas with much racket.

4. What class of litter are you using? Clumping or clay kinds are the best option. Avoid using big grain cat litter.

5. Is your feline friend stressed? A feline friend could act out for a number of reasons: a change in environment is often a common cause. Even if you might be unable to avoid certain stressful situations, you can help alleviate your pet cat of its anxiety by providing it with extra attention.

6. Is your feline friend healthy? Specific diseases, like incontinence or an infection in the kidneys might be the cause of your cat refuses to make use of the litter box.

7. Has your feline friend been marking? Most pets regularly mark. In case of marking, on the other hand, a pet cat will come back to its location and pee there often. You might keep your feline friend from marking by erasing your pet's odor on the particular location by cleaning it scrupulously.

My Pet Still Refuses To Make Use Of The Litter Box

It's improbable in certain situations to fully teach a pet to use just the litter box. A pet's capability to be litter trained may be held back by mental retardation, which could have been the effect of inbreeding. Difficulty breathing or blunt force head trauma are likewise probable roots of mental disability. In such situations, training is improbable.

If your feline friend continues to not use the litter box, and you believe it is because of a retardation, immediately consult your veterinarian for more advice.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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